Environment

Mining
7:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Town Gingerly Steps into Silica Sand Mining

Jill Koenitzer and her dad Oscar Skoug on the family dairy farm in Sioux Creek.

Towns and counties in western Wisconsin are scrambling to keep up with the demand for its silica sand. Some residents celebrate the jobs and commerce the mines bring; others worry about their environment and rural quality of life.

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Wolves
7:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DNR Denied Permission to Include Dogs in Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

Wolves perform ritual displays during mating season in February.
Credit P McConnell

One remaining point of contention in Wisconsin's wolf hunt is the law's allowance for dogs to be used to trail or track wolves. The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday denied the DNR permission to draft emergency rules so dogs could be used this first year.

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Mining
7:08 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Superior Silica Sands mine occupies 135 acres in the Town of Auburn in Eau Claire County. Trucks carry the sand northeast to New Auburn where it is dried before being sent out by rail.

Gold rush mentality seems to reign as entrepreneurs race to mine silica sand - an essential element of  fracking.

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Mining
7:02 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Worker at Superior Silica Sands dry plant in New Auburn.

Frac sand mines are multiplying across western Wisconsin's agricultural landscape at a dizzying pace.  WUWM digs into the polarizing development.

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Environment
6:34 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Slipping Green into Rock

Rock the Green creator Lindsay Stevens Gardner (right) with director of sponsor and event management Corey Sutton. She's one of 250 volunteers who make the event happen.

Last year in Milwaukee, more than 7,000 people showed up for a new one-day music festival at Veterans Park in the midst of heavy rain and wind.  Organizers would like to think people were drawn to its mission - to create as little waste as possible during a concert.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

How Does Climate Change Affect the Life Cycle of Plants and Animals?

UWM Distinguished Professor Mark Schwartz (left) and keynote speaker Steven Running of the University of Montana at this week's international conference on phenology hosted by UWM.
Credit Susan Bence

Leading scientists gather in Milwaukee to study the impact of climate on life cycles.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Community Gardens: Transforming Neighborhoods

Before
Susan Bence

Land trusts are far from new to the American experience. There exists a century-old tradition of private and nonprofit groups preserving land not protected by the government.

A local group - founded a dozen years ago – wields preservation tools with an urban twist – transforming empty lots into urban gardens.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence headed out to 49th Street – just west of Washington Park – to see what a group of neighbors have accomplished.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Hundreds Gather in Milwaukee around the Growing Power of Producing Local Food

Sundiata Ameh-El (left) and fellow member of the Tallahassee Food Network were among 1500 attendees at the Growing Power urban and small farm conference
Credit Susan Bence

Hundreds of people gathered in Milwaukee last weekend to do more than talk about growing fruits and vegetables.

Growing Power – which for many is synonymous with MacArthur Genius awardee Will Allen – put together dozens of workshops and discussion around making local food accessible across communities – while creating JOBS in the process.
 

WUWM Environmental Reporters Susan Bence joins Ann-Elise Henzl in the studio to talk about three-day conference.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Hundreds Gather in Milwaukee around the Growing Power of Producing Local Food - Part 2

Leo Grandison and Latrice Jones with daughter Sehai traveled from Santa Cruz CA to attend the Growing Power conference.
Credit Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter Susan Bence joins Ann-Elise Henzl again in the studio.

Over the weekend Susan stopped in at a Urban and Small Farm Conference put together by Milwaukee-based Growing Power.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Urban Ecology Center Branch Finds Home in Former Brownfield

UEC Menomonee Valley
Susan Bence

The renaissance of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley – once a hub of machine tooling and leather tanning – not to mention tens of thousands of jobs - could be described as a brownfield redevelopment project on steroids. Over the last decade, crews have cleaned up or contained more than 300 acres of landfill – gradually drawing commerce and jobs back into the corridor.

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